This medication is given to keep up protection (immunity) against diphtheria, tetanus (lockjaw) and pertussis (whooping cough) in children and adults who have been vaccinated for these diseases in the past. Vaccination is the best way to protect against these life-threatening diseases. Vaccines work by causing the body to produce its own protection (antibodies). Booster doses are needed to keep up immunity because antibody levels may become too low over time to provide the needed protection.
This medication is given by injection into a muscle by a health care professional. It is usually given in the upper arm.
This vaccine may be given at the same time as other vaccines (such as hepatitis B) using a separate needle and injection site.
Pain, swelling, or redness at the injection site may occur. Headache, tiredness, body aches, nausea, diarrhea, fever, chills, vomiting, or sore/swollen joints may also occur. Acetaminophen or ibuprofen (non-aspirin) may be used to reduce soreness. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Infrequently, temporary symptoms such as fainting/dizziness/lightheadedness, vision changes, numbness/tingling, or seizure-like movements have happened after vaccine injections. Tell your health care provider right away if you have any of these symptoms soon after receiving an injection. Sitting or lying down may relieve symptoms.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: high fever (higher than 104 degrees F/40 degrees C), muscle weakness, difficulty breathing.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
Contact your doctor for medical advice about side effects. The following numbers do not provide medical advice, but in the US, you may report side effects to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) at 1-800-822-7967. In Canada, you may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Before receiving this vaccination, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to any other vaccines; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients (such as latex), which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before receiving this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: nervous system disorders (e.g., seizures, encephalopathy, Guillain-Barre syndrome), current illness/infection, bleeding disorders, immune system disorders (e.g., autoimmune disorders, radiation treatment), vaccination history including previous reactions to any vaccines.
This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.
Some products that may interact with this vaccine include: "blood thinners" (e.g., warfarin), corticosteroids (e.g., hydrocortisone, prednisone), cancer chemotherapy, drugs that suppress the immune system (e.g., cyclosporine, tacrolimus), other vaccines (e.g., diphtheria/tetanus toxoids).
If overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.
There are various combinations of vaccines available. Based on your age, vaccination history, and previous reaction to vaccines, your health care professional will determine the most appropriate one for you. Discuss the risks and benefits of vaccination with your health care provider.
History of infection with tetanus or diphtheria does not always protect against future infections with these bacteria. You should still receive this vaccine if your doctor orders it for you.
It is important to receive each vaccination as scheduled. Be sure to make a note of when the vaccination was last given for your medical record.
Store in the refrigerator. Do not freeze. Keep all medications away from children and pets.
Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
Information last revised July 2014. Copyright(c) 2014 First Databank, Inc.
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